After Boris Johnson first put London and the South East into tier four before Christmas, other areas across the UK continued to see Covid- 19 cases soar.
This has led to millions more being placed in tier four, and the PM has urged all across the country to stay in this New Year’s Eve.
Some scientists are arguing that the whole country be placed under the toughest tier to combat the ‘mutant’ Covid strain that has caused causes to rocket up and has spread to different countries abroad.
With tier four looking likely to stay around, let’s look at what the rules mean for those who need to travel for work…
Can I travel to work in tier 4?
If you live in an area under tier four restrictions – which now covers nearly three-quarters of the country – you are allowed to travel within your town or city for work.
The official advice from the government states that if you live in a tier four area, you must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse, such as working.
If you do need to travel you should keep it as local as possible – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and taking the less crowded transport options (for example cycling instead of taking a bus).
Can I travel to work in a different tier?
If you live in a tier one, two or three area and need to travel into a tier four to work, you are allowed to do so.
The government’s overarching advice for all tiers remains that people should work from home wherever possible, but if you must travel, you are permitted for certain exceptions only.
The advice on gov.uk states: ‘You must stay at home and not leave your Tier 4 area, other than for legally permitted reasons such as:
- travel to work where you cannot work from home
- travel to education and for caring responsibilities’
Other acceptable reasons include attending hospital, GP and other medical appointments.
Similarly, if you live in a tier four area and need to travel to a lower tier for work, this is permitted in circumstances where you cannot work from home.
Can I travel abroad for work if I live in tier 4?
If you live in a tier four area, you can only travel internationally where you have a legally permitted reason to leave home – such as work – and if it is permitted to travel to the country you are intending to visit.
You cannot travel for a holiday – it must be for work, or a medical emergency or appointment.
In addition, you should follow the public health advice in the country you’re visiting.
If you are visiting the UK and are currently in a tier four area, you are allowed to travel back home, however, you should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your final destination or any places you will need to travel through.
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